Archaeologist (the older, the better). Writer (or trying, anyway). Reader (of the voracious sort). Christian (the greatest of these is love). Television Consumer (stories in colour). Aspiring PhD Candidate (see following re: dreamer). Dreamer (head in the clouds). Wanderer (feet on the ground). Apparent Internet Junkie (well I’m here, aren’t I?).
That was the short version.
The slightly longer version is this:
Once upon a time there was a girl who loved old things. First, it was Bath, England (for the scones), then it was Giza, Egypt (for the camels…just kidding!), and finally it settled somewhere in Central Jordan by way of Bradford (where it was defensive architecture and use of landscape for…you know what? That doesn’t really matter).
Anyway, archaeology is fun, and getting to describe myself as a Forensic Archaeologist certainly makes conversations with US Customs Agents more interesting, but after a long and hard look at our relationship, archaeology and I decided to see other people for a while. I didn’t ask what it’ll be up to (and trust me: I’ve been on field schools. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know), but I plan to write.
When I told my financial adviser I was an archaeologist whose back up plan was writing, she didn’t laugh at me. She did tell me to come back when I had a steady income. That was a while ago, and I kind of miss her, so I am trying to find a job in writing that will let me use what I learned as an archaeologist (which is, to be honest, pretty much 1. How to think on your feet and 2. How to write a lot, and quickly, so that people will understand you). I’ve already survived life to this point going by my middle name, despite multiple trips to non-English speaking countries. I think I can handle carving out a career as a writer.
Until then, check out my book reviews and thoughts about writing. If you choose to follow me on Twitter, be warned I talk about TV. A lot. Also, sometimes there is cake.
EXCITING UPDATE (May 8, 2012)
Emily Kate Johnston’s THE STORY OF OWEN, set in our world, but with vicious, destructive dragons that feed off our ever-increasing carbon emissions (and we all know dragons must be slain), to Andrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab, for publication in Spring 2014, by Josh Adams at Adams Literary (NA). — Publishers Marketplace
THAT’S RIGHT! There will be a book called THE STORY OF OWEN in the Spring of 2014 and…it will have my name on it.